California lifts school mask mandate

News 03/15/22, 22:24

Students no longer have to cover their noses and mouth across the Golden State. The California State Legislature removed a school mask mandate on March 14. The decision gives students and staff the choice of whether to wear a face mask on school grounds since the rule was imposed in mid-2021. Some ...

California bill targets tech giants for child social media addiction

California 03/15/22, 22:18

Proposed bipartisan legislation will penalize major technology companies for turning minors into compulsive online networkers. California state assemblyman Rep. Jordan Cunningham (R-35 Calif.) and assemblywoman Buffy Wicks (D-15 Calif.) recently introduced Assembly Bill 2408 to hold tech giants responsible for child social media addiction. The bill, also known as the Social Media ...

GOP Reps. Rice and Cheney call Trump a ‘would be tyrant’

U.S. 03/15/22, 22:10

Two Republicans denounced their former party president. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) fully supported fellow Rep. Tom Rice's (R-S.C.) recent criticism of Donald Trump as an aspiring, cruel, and oppressive ruler. "Our country needs Republicans to be sane, responsible and speak the truth, [and] Rep. Tom Rice is right, most of our Republican ...

Former President Obama’s ‘scratchy’ throat diagnosed as coronavirus

News 03/15/22, 17:16

America's 44th president caught a highly contagious disease on March 13. Barack Obama confirmed he has the COVID-19 (CCP virus) disease. "I just tested positive for COVID," he said on Twitter. An itchy and irritated windpipe were Obama's only symptoms at the time of publication. "I have had a scratchy throat for a couple ...

Trump unlawfully failed to declare 2024 candidacy says Democrat group

U.S. 03/15/22, 16:22

A left-leaning political action committee (PAC) accused Donald Trump of illegally withholding his reelection plans. American Bridge 21st Century recently complained to the Federal Election Commission (FEC) about the previous president's reluctance to declare candidacy for the 2024 election. The Democrat-led PAC claims Trump violated campaign fundraising rules by not announcing his ...

GOP Sen. Rand Paul proposes eliminating Anthony Fauci’s role as NIAID director

News 03/15/22, 16:16

A Republican from Kentucky wants to strip the president's chief medical advisor of one of his titles. Sen. Rand Paul recently introduced an amendment that could potentially remove Anthony Fauci as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The senator proposes dividing NIAID into three separate national research ...

China’s State Security Ministry official investigated

In-depth Reports 03/15/22, 03:11

On March 12, Xinhua reported that Liu Yanping 刘延平, former head of the discipline inspection and supervision team of the Central Discipline Inspection Commission, was "suspected of serious disciplinary violations" and being investigated. Liu Yanping was born in August 1955, a native of Fengnan, Hebei province. In June 2013, he served in ...

‘2 plus 1’ possible ways China may help Russia alleviate sanction

China 03/15/22, 02:19

It has been three weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine. The EU has imposed three waves of severe sanctions on Russia's financial system, high-tech industries, and elites in recent days. In addition, the bloc made another big move on March 2, excluding seven banks, including Russia's second-largest bank, the Russian Foreign ...

Russia expects China to assist with sanctions

China 03/15/22, 01:46

On Sunday, March 13, Moscow said it was relying on Beijing to help it undergo an onslaught of heavy sanctions the West had imposed on it. On day 18th of the full-scale Ukraine invasion, Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said, "We have part of our gold and foreign exchange reserves in ...

China wants to turn Australia into its vassal state: Australian Senator

Opinion 03/14/22, 20:44

The Chair of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security, Senator James Paterson, warned that China wants Australia to be a vassal state. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, in a speech to the Henry Jackson Society think tank in London on Friday, March 11, Senator James Paterson said that ...

Ukraine defense is worthwhile case study for Taiwan, U.S. official

China 03/14/22, 08:55

Although China, as well as Taiwan, claim that the Russia-Ukraine conflict has no parallel to Taiwan, Ukraine's answer to Russia's invasion is a case study for Taiwan and has been followed closely by Taiwan and U.S officials as well. U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy, Plans and Capabilities Mara Karlin, ...

Chinese social media platforms censor Ukraine topic, peace calls

China 03/14/22, 08:50

According to Reuters, discussions around the Ukraine crisis have been censored on Chinese social media platforms like Weibo, WeChat, and Douyin—the Chinese version of TikTok—since the beginning of the Russian military assault on February 24. The companies have cautioned users not to joke about the topic or disseminate misinformation. However, as ...

China turning to Russian gas to reduce its reliance on Quad members

Economy 03/14/22, 00:48

Nikkei Asia reported on March 12 that China and Russia are ready for a gas pipeline construction along China border province Heilongjiang despite cold weather. China's demand for natural gas has significantly increased in the last decade, as it has become the second world economy. In 2018 China replaced Japan as ...